Introduction: Approaching Interdisciplinary Research

John W. Rowe

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the importance of interdisciplinary research. It identifies the three types of factors that determine the success of interdisciplinary research: investigator-specific, project-specific, and external factors. It then discusses the importance of time in productive interdisciplinary research and approaches to interdisciplinary training.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterdisciplinary Research
Subtitle of host publicationCase Studies from Health and Social Science
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199893966
ISBN (Print)9780195324273
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • External
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Interdisciplinary training
  • Investigator-specific
  • Project-specific
  • Time


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